22 May 2015 HanaFlex: a large solar array for space applications
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HanaFlex is a new method for deployment from a compact folded form to a large array derived from the origami flasher folding pattern. One of the unique features of this model is that the height constraints of the stowed array do not limit the deployed diameter. Additional rings can be added to increase the deployed diameter while only minimally increasing the stowed diameter. Larger solar arrays may enable longer missions in space, manned missions to distant destinations, or clean energy sources for Earth. The novel folding design of the HanaFlex array introduces many new possibilities for space exploration. This paper demonstrates the performance of the HanaFlex array in four areas: deployed stiffness, deployed strength, stowed volume specific power, and mass specific power.
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Shannon A. Zirbel, Shannon A. Zirbel, Brian P. Trease, Brian P. Trease, Mark W. Thomson, Mark W. Thomson, Robert J. Lang, Robert J. Lang, Spencer P. Magleby, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry H. Howell, Larry H. Howell, } "HanaFlex: a large solar array for space applications", Proc. SPIE 9467, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VII, 94671C (22 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177730; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2177730
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